Feb. 4, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Sophomore center Liz Biland and freshman guard Ashley Boehnel each sank 17 points as Southern Miss defeated UCF, 63-50, in Conference USA women's basketball action at Reed Green Coliseum on Saturday evening.
The Golden Eagles (17-4, 8-2) jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the opening three minutes of the game and continued to stay ahead even as UCF (5-16, 3-7) began to chip away at their advantage. At 11:30, a three-pointer by junior guard Francine Houston brought the Golden Knights within two at 15-13. They closed the gap to 18-17 on a lay-up by senior Shelby Weber four minutes later before junior guard Kristin Chaney hit a three on the subsequent play to spark a 9-0 run by Southern Miss.
The Eagles remained on top at the half, 32-25. UCF outshot the hosts, hitting 10 of 22 attempts from the floor (45%), while Southern Miss sank 11 of 34 (32%) but landed twice as many three-pointers.
The Golden Knights started strong in the second period, outscoring Southern Miss in the opening five minutes, but the Eagles regained the momentum and pulled away by 13 at 11:08 on a two consecutive three-pointers by freshman guard Kendra Reed.
With 6:46 remaining, Southern Miss was up by a game-high 15 points when UCF scored five unanswered points to cut the lead to 57-47. The clock eventually ran out on the Golden Knights' comeback.
Although UCF finished the game shooting 41.7% (10-for-20) to Southern Miss' 35.6% (21-for-59) from the field, the Golden Eagles capitalized on their chances at the foul line, where they sank 15 of 19 attempts (78.9%). The host team also had a 41-34 advantage on the boards as freshman guard Amber Eugene grabbed a game-high 15 for the Eagles.
With a team-high 14 points and seven boards, Weber was one of three Golden Knights in double figures on the scoreboard. Houston contributed 12, while junior forward Keunta Miles had 10.
The Golden Knights finish their road trip on Monday when they visit Tulsa for an 8 p.m. tip-off before returning home to host SMU on Friday at 7 p.m.